The 1998 Bilderberg Meeting was the 46th such meeting and had participants from Europe, the United States and Canada. It was chaired by Peter Carrington and was held at Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland. The 121 guests included 32 business executives, 25 politicians, 17 financiers, 12 editors/journalists and 7 academics.
- 1 Agenda
- 1.1 1. Current Events
- 1.2 2. What Will be the Consequences of EMU?
- 1.3 3. Is there Room for one Transatlantic Market Place?
- 1.4 4. Military Implications of the Growing Technological Disparity between the United States and Europe
- 1.5 5. To what Extent Will Enlargement Redefine NATO's Relationship with Russia?
- 1.6 6. Is Europe's Social Model Dead?
- 1.7 7. A Review of the Crisis in Kosovo and Albania: the Role of the UN
- 1.8 8. In the Light of the Asian Crisis should the World's Financial System be Reformed?
- 1.9 9. The Implications of the New India Nuclear Weapon Program
- 1.10 10. Turkey's Role in the Western Alliance
- 2 Press Release
- 3 Participants
- 4 Witnesses
- 5 References
The 1998 Bilderberg Agenda has not been leaked, but the website at Bilderberg Meetings has posted an agenda.
1. Current Events
2. What Will be the Consequences of EMU?
3. Is there Room for one Transatlantic Market Place?
4. Military Implications of the Growing Technological Disparity between the United States and Europe
5. To what Extent Will Enlargement Redefine NATO's Relationship with Russia?
6. Is Europe's Social Model Dead?
7. A Review of the Crisis in Kosovo and Albania: the Role of the UN
8. In the Light of the Asian Crisis should the World's Financial System be Reformed?
9. The Implications of the New India Nuclear Weapon Program
10. Turkey's Role in the Western Alliance
The 46th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Turnberry, Scotland, May 14-17, 1998 to discuss the Atlantic Relationship in a Time of Change. Among others the Conference will discuss NATO, Asian Crisis, EMU, Growing Military Disparity, Japan, Multilateral Organizations, Europe's social model, Turkey, EU/US Market Place.
Approximately 120 participants from North America and Europe will attend the discussions. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.
Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in the Netherlands where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That meeting grew out of the concern on both sides of the Atlantic that the industrialized democracies in Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on matters of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would contribute to a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations.
What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum is (1) the broad cross-section of leading citizens, in and out of government, that are assembled for nearly three days of purely informal discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy, (2) the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of their nations, there is a continuous, clear need to develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated, and (3) the privacy of the meetings, which have no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely.
To ensure full discussion, individuals representing a wide range of political and economic points of view are invited. Two-thirds of the participants come from Europe and the remainder from the United States and Canada. Within this framework, on average about one-third are from the government sector and the remaining two-thirds from a variety of fields including finance, industry, labour, education and the media. Participants are solely invited for their knowledge, experience and standing and with reference to the topics on the agenda.
All participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not in an official capacity.
Participants have agreed not to give interviews to the press during the meeting. In contacts with the news media after the conference it is an established rule that no attribution should be made to individual participants of what was discussed during the meeting.
There will be no press conference. A list of participants is appended.